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Lilt: a theory of melody

A melody has to catch the ear. A lilt is an up and down movement that has to be asymmetrical or surprising in some way. It can go up, and ...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cliché

It's nice to know that this exists. I am composing a song in D that uses one of these cliché progressions (I vi ii V), but the song does not sound cliché at all, I'm hoping. One of the elements of learning a language is to be able to use clichés effectively. While the native speaker is slave to cliché, the second-language learner struggles to speak in them naturally and effectively.

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